Before choosing a supplier of safety signs it is essential to have some knowledge of the risks, the legislations and the standards of best practices for safety signs.
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The year 2000 brought photoluminescent systems to the forefront for emergency light and escape path marking. JALITE Photoluminescent systems offer the unique solution to failsafe emergency light and emergency exit signs under any formal risk assessment.Read more
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A British family owned company with the highest standards and quality in photoluminescent fire safety signs. We pride ourselves on providing you as our valued authorised distributor with continued support for you and your customers. Our customer services team are only a phone call or email away to advise you and assist you.
- Established in 1983
- Made in Britain
- Fast delivery and lead times
- UK based customer services team
- Technical support for BSI and ISO info.
- Marketing and Literature resources
- 40 years of knowledge of Standards
- In house research and development
- Quality fire safety signs
- Market leading photoluminescent material
- Class C+ luminance performance
- Rigid and vinyl photoluminescent material
- BS EN ISO 7010:2020
- BS 5499-4:2013
- BS ISO 3864-1:2011
- DIN 67 510 Part 1:2020
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Wayfinding: Why does it matter? The last few years has seen significant ongoing efforts from the UK government to improve fire safety after the tragedy of Grenfell. These efforts have come in the form of The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, amendments to the Approved Document B, as well as the new fire safety regulations ‘Phase 3’ that came into effect from 1st October. The major steps forward in legislation and guidance for the Fire Safety Industry has rightly shown where our industry needs to improve, including bringing to light the areas of fire safety that are often neglected. One area that is often neglected and pertinent to JALITE is wayfinding signage. Since our beginnings 40 years ago this year, JALITE through in-house research and development, and leadership on committees and associations, have set Industry Standards for fire safety signage. This has made JALITE the go to source for technical information, for our valued distributors and beyond, especially in reference to the new fire safety legislation and guidance. Since the amendments and introduction of legislation and guidance, JALITE have naturally been inundated with enquiries and questions particularly about wayfinding signage. Below, we are going to provide some insight into the following: What is wayfinding signage? Why is wayfinding signage needed? What wayfinding means for the Responsible Person? What is Wayfinding Signage: Wayfinding signage helps visitors to the building or setting, navigate unfamiliar environments providing visual cues, signage, and other navigational aids. In the context of a building or a facility, wayfinding encompasses various design considerations and elements that guide people from one location to another, including to a place of safety. With reference to The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, and Approved Document B, wayfinding signage pertains to helping fire and rescue services navigate unfamiliar environments such as in blocks of flats and high risk residential buildings. Why is Wayfinding Signage needed: The Grenfell Tower Inquiry saw subsequent recommendations to help fire and rescue services orientate themselves, within blocks of flats during an emergency. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, and the Approved Document B reference, that wayfinding signage including floor and flat identification signs, be located on every landing of a protected stairway and corridor/lobby. This is of course dependent on the process of formal fire risk assessment. As part of these suggestions, the text and arrows of the floor and flat identifications signs are to be visible in low level lighting such as in fire or power loss situations. JALITE AAA market leading photoluminescent fire safety signage is your solution. This coupled with the Premises Information Boxes minimises the risk of injury, harm or worse, by allowing fire and rescue personnel to efficiently progress through the building, enhancing the life safety for themselves and others during an emergency evacuation. What the Wayfinding means for Responsible Persons At JALITE we have always taken a full approach to guidance and recommendations. We focus on the intricacies, using British and International Standards for fire safety signage to inform our technical information, and ensure that we protect people and property to good practice; putting quality at the heart of all we do. There is always more that Responsible Persons and Appointed Persons can do to follow recommendations and guidance to prove competence, with this being recorded consistently. JALITE photoluminescent products are your trusted solution for wayfinding; providing safety way guidance system components i.e., signage, plans, low location lighting etc. to fulfil the following key aspects of wayfinding: Signing: plays a vital role in wayfinding and encompasses providing clear and visible information. This includes directional signs, room labels, floor directories, arrows, symbols, and other visual cues that guide individuals toward their desired destinations. Pathfinding: involves designing logical and intuitive routes within a building to help people navigate efficiently. This includes establishing clear pathways, minimising dead ends, and optimising the arrangement of spaces and circulation areas to support smooth movement. Landmarks and visibility: fire safety plans as part of wayfinding, benefits from the presence of distinct landmarks or points of reference that serve as visual anchors. These landmarks can be unique architectural features, artwork, or prominent objects that help individuals orient themselves and understand their position within the environment. Lighting and visibility: adequate lighting and visibility are crucial for effective wayfinding. Well-lit spaces, illuminated signage, and visibility of paths and intersections contribute to a clear understanding of the environment and aid in wayfinding. Colour and visual differentiation: the use of colour and visual differentiation as part of fire alarm zone plans assists in distinguishing different areas, zones, or levels within a building. Colour-coded signage, floor patterns, or distinct visual elements can help individuals identify and remember specific routes or areas. Digital wayfinding: with advancements in technology, and requirements from Business Information Modelling (BIM), digital wayfinding systems have become increasingly popular. These systems employ interactive maps, digital displays, mobile applications, and augmented reality to provide real-time navigation guidance, updates, and customised routes. JALITE understand how daunting these amendments and updates can be for all types of Responsible Persons within the Industry. We are always at hand via our UK customer Services team to help you with technical information, to help you grow your business and ultimately keep occupants safe. JALITE are your trusted source for quality information and products. Email us at email@example.com or call us at +44 (0) 1268 242 300 if you need more information.
In an age where data privacy is paramount, businesses that employ Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems need to tread carefully to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The use of CCTV has become ubiquitous, enhancing security and enabling monitoring for various purposes and because of this, for data protection purposes, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will need to know your reasons for using CCTV. Why Use GDPR CCTV Signs? Transparency: GDPR mandates that individuals should be aware when they are being monitored. Placing visible CCTV signs informs people about the presence of surveillance. Legal Compliance: Failure to comply with GDPR can lead to hefty fines. By using compliant CCTV signs, you demonstrate your commitment to following the law. Deterrence: Visible signs act as a deterrent to potential wrongdoers, enhancing security. When people know they are being watched, they are less likely to engage in malicious activities. Placement of GDPR CCTV Signs Entry Points: Install signs at all entrances to your premises, including both public and restricted areas. Key Surveillance Areas: Position signs near the most monitored areas within your establishment. This includes customer service desks, cash registers, and outdoor spaces. Employee Areas: If your CCTV system also covers employee workspaces, ensure there are signs in these areas to inform your staff. Some points to check to see if your signs are complicit with GDPR. Signage should be clearly visible and easy to read. If it’s not obvious who is operating the CCTV, details of the organisation should be shown as well as the reason CCTV is in use. Who to contact if there are any queries, preferably with a method of contacting them (ie phone or email). For more information on GDPR visit: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-your-business/using-cctv and for information on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) visit: https://ico.org.uk/ Security Signs In addition to CCTV signs, businesses often employ various other security signs to enhance safety, deter potential threats, and maintain order within their premises. Let's explore some of these signs: Guard Dog Signs: These signs indicate the presence of guard dogs on the premises. They serve both as a deterrent and a warning. The signs should clearly depict a dog symbol from BS ISO 7010 and can also show "Warning Guard Dogs" message. Just like CCTV signs, the visibility and location of these signs are critical to their effectiveness. Barbed Wire Signs: These signs notify individuals of the presence of barbed wire or other security measures such as razor wire. They should convey the message clearly and can feature symbol from BS ISO 7010 or symbol and text. These signs are essential in maintaining the safety of your property while avoiding accidents and injuries. No Photography Signs: For businesses that need to protect sensitive information or proprietary processes, "No Photography" signs restrict individuals from taking photographs or videos within a designated area. Effective signs include a camera symbol from BS ISO 7010 with a clear text message such as "No Photography." No Mobile Phones Signs: In areas where mobile phones can interfere with equipment or pose safety risks (such as in hospitals or near fuel stations), "No Mobile Phones" signs are essential. They communicate the prohibition of mobile phone usage. No Weapons Signs: These signs are often required in places like government buildings, schools, airports, or private properties where firearms and other weapons are not allowed. They can feature symbol from BS ISO 7010 and text, clearly indicating that weapons, incendiary devices or explosives are prohibited on the premises. Restricted Area Authorized Personnel Only Signs: These signs indicate areas that are off-limits to unauthorized individuals. They are crucial for maintaining security in facilities with sensitive information, machinery, or equipment that should not be accessible to the general public. Using security signs in your business is not just a legal requirement; it's a step towards fostering trust and transparency with your customers, employees, and the public. When done correctly, it enhances security while respecting the privacy of individuals. Your business can strike a harmonious balance between surveillance, security and data protection in a GDPR-compliant manner. In addition to CCTV signs, other security signs play crucial roles in maintaining safety, security, and order within your premises. Careful design, placement, and adherence to legal requirements are key to maximizing the effectiveness of these security signs.
The Journey of JALITE PLC In the ever-evolving landscape of life safety, one name stands out as a beacon of trust and reliability - JALITE PLC. As we celebrate an impressive 40-year journey marked by a steadfast commitment to safety and innovation, JALITE has solidified its position as the go-to supplier for photoluminescent signs. Let's reflect on this remarkable journey and discover why JALITE is your preferred partner in safety. The Inception of Excellence Our story began with a commitment to excellence and safety innovation. Founded in 1971 as part of the Swiss company Decofim S.A., JALITE quickly gained recognition for our dedication to enhancing safety through harnessing and developing photoluminescent technology. The Birth of JALITE PLC in 1983 The rise of JALITE coincided with a clear timeline of tragedies in the 1980s that shaped the culture of fire safety whilst at work, stressing the need for photoluminescent products as a secondary source of emergency lighting. Unfortunately, the incidents repeatedly occurred within offshore environments, such as the Piper Alpha oil rig catastrophe, since named the world’s worst offshore disaster, as 167 men lost their lives whilst at work. The disasters rightly initiated discussions about health and safety in our global communities; with guidance for mitigating risks of injury, harm, or death for people whilst at work and beyond. In essence the tragedies highlighted the need for reformed health and safety requirements and guidance, including signing systems and Safety Way Guidance Systems. JALITE was at hand to accommodate this need for radical change within health and safety. John Creak's Vision and Dedication In 1999, John Creak became the proud owner of JALITE PLC and took on the role of CEO. His background in chemistry, business, and marketing uniquely positioned him to lead the company into the international arena. John was not only an adept leader but also a hands-on innovator. He worked tirelessly in the lab, perfecting photometric pigments and materials used in JALITE products including our fire safety signs and other low location lighting systems. John pushed the boundaries of what photoluminescent safety technology could achieve; the result was the creation of JALITE AAA photoluminescent market leading material. JALITE AAA the pioneer of new industry Standard The creation of JALITE AAA photoluminescence was a key milestone in our journey. John’s innovation set a new industry benchmark for performance, that was unmatched and decades ahead of the rest of the industry. JALITE AAA photoluminescent class C+ material, has always been 3 times the optical brightness of other photoluminescent material since John created it. JALITE AAA photoluminescent products are always class C+ minimum, both effective and the best performing in low-light or dark conditions. The pursuit of excellence and quality in safety became a hallmark of the JALITE mission. Setting Safety Standards John's dedication to safety extended beyond just the laboratory and JALITE. He actively engaged in setting safety requirements through organisations like BSI (British Standards Institution) and PSPA (Photoluminescent Safety Products Association), further solidifying our role as an Industry leader in safety and innovation. Jim Creak: A Partner in Safety John Creak made a strategic decision to enlist the support of his identical twin brother, Jim Creak, in the journey to elevate JALITE success. Many of you in the UK have had the privilege of a personal connection with Jim. With a rich background in sales and marketing, Jim skilfully cultivated relationships, elevating JALITE brands’ presence across the UK. His regular provision of technical expertise and quality assurances for JALITE products ensured customer satisfaction, allowing John the flexibility to explore global markets and expand our international footprint while providing invaluable strategic direction and innovation. Jim's unwavering dedication to the company closely paralleled his brother's commitment to safety and cutting-edge advancements. In 2022, Jim Creak left for a well-deserved retirement. However, his connection to the company and his passion for safety never waned. Jim now supports the new management through his consultancy work, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation of safety professionals. A Family Legacy Tragically, John Creak passed away in 2021, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of dedication to safety. His vision and passion for JALITE was passed on to his family, and with the support of the dedicated staff, together with Hayley Bishop and Steve Perry, Nicholas Creak has assumed the role of CEO. Nicholas is committed to continuing his father's legacy by providing outstanding products, maintaining a high level of service, and upholding the tradition of producing quality safety solutions in the UK. Together we will ensure that JALITE legacy continues to grow, lighting the way for a safer more secure world. Conclusion As we celebrate 40 years of safety, our journey is a testament to the power of innovation, unwavering dedication, and a commitment to setting the highest safety standards. From our founding in 1983 to our position as a global leader today, JALITE has consistently illuminated the path to safety, saving lives all around the world. When you choose JALITE as your partner in safety, you're choosing four decades of excellence, innovation, and unwavering dedication. Trust in JALITE – your beacon of safety.
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JALITE has been in business since 1983 with the brand JALITE and we are proud to be the pioneers of all the main applications for photoluminescent 'See in the Dark' safety products.
Over 109 countries
Jalite products have been developed and supplied to over 100 countries in the world and often with safety messages in the local language or with dual language.